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Pitt, South Florida to vie in 2001

Pittsburgh has added Division I-AA South Florida as one of at least five home football foes in 2001, its first season in the Steelers' new stadium.

The Panthers will play at South Florida in 2004.

Pitt's other 2001 home games are against Maryland, Miami, Virginia Tech and Syracuse.

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ALABAMA: The Tide is punishing WR Eric Locke for his decision to transfer to Tennessee, Locke's father said. "We thought Eric should get his release because he did his one year at Alabama, and scholarships are signed one year at a time," Richard Locke told the Knoxville News-Sentinel. But the Student-Athlete Transfer Appeals Committee upheld coach Mike DuBose's refusal to let Locke transfer to another SEC school. NCAA rules require Locke to sit out next season at Tennessee. Alabama's refusal to release him means he also won't be on scholarship. Locke will be allowed to practice with the Vols in August. He will have three years of eligibility starting with the 2000 season.

AUBURN: WR Detronn Harris failed to qualify academically and is expected to enroll in a junior college this month. Coach Tommy Tuberville said signee Casinious Moore will have surgery on his injured knee.

OHIO STATE: Three members of the Buckeyes' acclaimed recruiting class have been turned away by the admissions office because of academic deficiencies and the NCAA has declared three others ineligible. The applications of DB Ziyier Walker of Fork Union (Va.) Academy, RB Richard Hall of Wyoming, Ohio, and WR Maurice Harris of Jacksonville were refused. OL Bryce Bishop of Miami DB Curtis Crosby of Columbus' Eastmoor High and WR Maurice Lee of Cleveland South were rejected by the NCAA's clearinghouse.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Sophomore Taylor Irvin left the team because of a shoulder injury. "We and the medical people decided that he was going to give up football," coach Lou Holtz said.

Basketball

ALABAMA: Gerald Wallace, a 6-6 forward from Childersburg, Ala., who is rated one of the country's top high school prospects, will play for the Tide. Also picking Alabama was Mario Austin. Wallace said he also considered Florida and Florida State.

NORTH CAROLINA: Jason Parker did not qualify academically and has decided to attend Fork Union, Va., Military Academy.

MISSISSIPPI: Aaron Harper, a Jackson Provine High standout, will not be eligible to play until at least 2000-2001 because his ACT score did not meet requirements.

Etc.

BIG TEN: There are no plans to add a 12th member any time soon, commissioner Jim Delany said, declaring expansion "a dead issue" just months after Notre Dame spurned the conference.

FLORIDA GOLF: Jacksonville native Chris Tuten has been named the men's assistant, coach Buddy Alexander announced.

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